AU calls on South Sudan warring parties to desist from escalating violence

Expressing deep concern over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has called on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in … Read More

UN experts task int’l community on preventing ‘ethnic cleansing’ in South Sudan

A team of UN human rights experts on Thursday called on the international community to take immediate action to avert mass bloodshed in South Sudan, as well as other human rights abuses, as they wrapped up a 10-day visit to … Read More

UN envoy warns of risk of ‘outright ethnic war’, genocide in South Sudan

Visiting South Sudan, the United Nations envoy on genocide prevention on Friday warned that the African country was at risk of plunging into “an outright ethnic war” and of genocide being committed. “I am dismayed to report that what I … Read More

UN envoy Zainab Bangura condemns sexual violence against women, girls in South Sudan

  UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, has added her voice to condemnation of the escalation of violence in South Sudan, in particular the sexual violence crimes being committed against women and girls. In a … Read More

Sacking of Machar is sowing seed of new suffering in South Sudan

South Sudan’s opposition has been split down the middle with the appointment by President Salva Kiir of Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President to replace Riek Machar, who has fled the capital, Juba, South Sudan observers have said. Machar, … Read More

Veteran journalist Alfred Taban arrested in Juba

A veteran South Sudanese journalist, Alfred Taban, has been held in security custody since Sunday for calling on South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Rick Machar to step down so as to help resolve the current crisis … Read More

Sudan’s media urge intervention on South Sudan’s renewed fighting

Sudanese newspapers are awash with the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, where hundreds were reported killed and thousands forced to leave the capital city, Juba and other major towns, urging the international community to intervene to avoid further escalation of … Read More

Pistorius back in court for re-sentencing

The sentencing hearing for convicted killer Oscar Pistorius began in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday with a psychologist testifying that the double amputee is too depressed to testify in his defence. The court is reviewing his sentence after … Read More

Thousands of South Sudanese children reunited with their families

UN and child charity organizations said 4,000 of South Sudanese children who were separated from their families during conflicts in South Sudan have now been reunified. The milestone was reached when seven-year-old Nyabitu returned to her family home in Kodok … Read More